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  • February 20, 2019 3:24 PM
    Message # 7175337

    The Thomas Cole National Historic Site seeks part-time or full-time museum educators at the historic site from May through early November 2019. The work schedule is flexible. Mandatory training sessions will also take place in April/May, dates TBD. The position offers the opportunity to join a dynamic team at a beautiful historic site in Catskill, New York, in the scenic Hudson Valley. The position pays $11.10 per hour.

    Essential functions and responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

    • Lead guided tours and facilitate self-guided experiences for visitors at the home and studios of Thomas Cole
    • Act as the tour staff’s ‘go-to person’ on a rotating basis along with other educators to ensure daily tour operations are running smoothly. This includes tasks like writing/distributing a daily schedule, helping to manage unforeseen emergencies, and facilitating large group tours.
    • Facilitate positive visitor experiences for site visitors, school groups, and other audiences in a confident and professional manner
    • Lead activities at various events
    • Provide back-up in the Visitor Center to cover lunches, and as needed
    • Participate in regular group discussions to brainstorm innovative methods of historic site interpretation
    • Work with the staff across departments on special projects as designated by the education manager

    Qualifications: The position requires a natural ability and comfort with speaking in front of a group, a passion for learning about history, and the desire to communicate this knowledge and passion with others. The candidate must have a flexible schedule that allows for occasional weekend work, and be a team player that enjoys being with people and can handle many different kinds of situations with a smile. It is critical that the candidate be punctual, reliable, and responsible, as well as open to feedback and new ideas. The position requires moderate physical activity including climbing stairs and moving about the historic site in hot summers and cool spring and fall weather.

    Application Instructions
    Please submit (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter explaining why you are qualified and interested in the position, and (3) contact information for at least three professional references via e-mail to employment@thomascole.org. Deadline to submit is March 29, 2019.


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